How to choose and arrange scatter cushions

How to choose and arrange scatter cushions:

 

Some believe scatter cushions serve no purpose and just take up space on the bed or couch. But cushions are actually a very practical and affordable way to update your interiors, add colour and pattern as well as style a living room, family room, or bedroom while adding a touch of luxury.

Cushions are now an everyday item of luxury that can complete spaces and rooms. Placing a bright or patterned cushion on a very plain couch can give your space a totally different feel, and make it appear cosier and more inviting too. This doesn’t mean it’s easy to look through thousands of different shades and patterns to find a few that will look great in your space. Here are our handy tips for choosing the right cushions for your home and how to arrange them.

Your cushions don’t have to match

In fact, you can achieve a more professional, stylish look if they don’t. If you’re going to mix and match then make sure one of the colours in the patterned cushion matches a colour you have chosen in one of your other cushions. You’re going to get the most impact if all your pillows are either in the same shade or in a pair of complimentary shades.

You can also mix textures

There are so many different textures to choose from, such as smooth and rough, silky and fuzzy. From soft velvets and natural linen to fluffy knit wools and tassels, you’re spoilt for choice. Combining heavy textures with lighter ones across your cushions will help your home look cosy and modern.

Invest in good quality inners

This way you can swap and update the covers when needed. If you want to change your furniture or even if you decide to keep your furniture as is, then you can change your cushion covers to give your room a new look. This is also a great way to incorporate new on-trend colours.

Go bold if you dare

If you have a neutral colour theme in your living room, select two or three bold colours to inject a little interest and depth into the space. The more neutral your room, the brighter your cushions can be. Draw the colour scheme of your cushions from a rug, a piece of artwork or even a favourite carpet colour. If you are sprucing up the room and need to change the carpet, here are our tips to help you choose the right carpet colour.

Odd numbers look modern

When arranging your cushions, keep in mind that for a modern look, odd numbers work best—think of three, or five. In most design aesthetics, odd numbers always look more artful, and a smaller number of larger pillows looks fresher than a jumble of smaller ones.

One simple print, one busy print, and one solid

This is a basic formula that will help you narrow down your options. Another way to think about it is — one small print, one big print, one solid. Your busy/large print should be on your largest pillows or the pillow that is front and center, as this print will usually set the tone for not just your pillow arrangement but the rest of your room. Plaids and stripes work well as small/simple prints.

The cushions should get smaller 

Visually, your largest pillows should be in the far corners, and your smaller pillow should be on the inside or at the front. But also for comfort, it makes the most sense to add the large cushions on the sides, where you won’t need to move them out of the way. A small cushion right in the center won’t make you feel like you’re perched on the edge of the couch because the pillows are taking up all of the room!

Make them look lived in

Use a ‘karate chop’ in the middle of the cushion to create a crease in them – this will make them seem more lived in and loved. It will also help to break up uniform shapes, and unite cushions of different colours, scales or families.

Whilst you want your cushions to look lived in you want your carpets to look as good as new. If you feel that your carpets are looking a bit tired, it may be a good idea to give a professional carpet cleaner a call. Having your rugs or carpets professionally cleaned will also brighten up the room and give it a fresh feel. Book Online or Call: 13 12 50


House Cleaning Tips For Working Mums

House Cleaning Tips For Working Mums

 

Are you a working mum who feels like, no matter how much housework you do (which is a lot), the job is never done? Or just as you finish mopping the floor, a small person “accidently” spills their juice all over it, or drops biscuit crumbs onto the carpet you just vacuumed? If you can relate then read on for our house cleaning tips for working mums.

Have a cleaning schedule:

Make a cleaning schedule of what needs to be done daily, weekly, or monthly and stick it up on your fridge or in a place you see often. This way you have an idea of what needs to be done and it becomes less daunting. Break it up and do what you can before work, like make the beds and put a load of washing on, then there is less to do when you are finished work for the day.

Get the worst part over first:

When you know you have a big task or cleaning job to do, try and get that one done first. There’s nothing worse than knowing you have something big that needs to get done and you keep putting it off. All the rest of your tasks will seem more manageable when you’ve already completed the most difficult task of the day.

Designate a specific cleaning time:

Have a set cleaning time every day, so your children know they need to help at that specific time and there is no arguing. This will soon become a routine, and kids thrive on routines. Get the children to tidy up their rooms and help you with the laundry, or pack clothes away. Ask them to clean the walls where they’ve left dirty handprints, and try to make it fun for them too. Make sure their tasks are age appropriate or you may end up with a bigger mess than you started with. Here are some more ideas on how the kids can help with the cleaning.

Do one load of laundry every day:

Depending on the age of your children, and how many outfits they go through, you may have to do a load of laundry daily to keep on top of it. You can put a load of washing on before work and hang it up to dry so when you get home you can fold and put it away: or get your kids to, if they’re old enough. If you need to do ironing, keep this aside for every two to three days when you don’t have a large amount of cleaning and the pile has built up a little. (This is why having a routine and schedule is important).

Go to bed with a clean kitchen every night:

Get your kids to clear the table after dinner and start washing the dishes straight away, instead of putting it off til you’re tired and just need to put your feet up. Or if your kids are old enough, this is a great way to get them to help you. There is nothing worse than waking up to a messy kitchen.

Clean all your floors at once:

Instead of getting out and putting away the vacuum, broom, or mop multiple times, do it all at once. It’s much quicker to get all the floors finished than getting stuck into one room and having to start over with the floors as you enter the next room. Do all the vacuuming or sweeping if needed, then mopping depending on your floor type. Get your carpets professionally cleaned with Drytron when needed too, this will save you a lot of time.

Clean while you’re cooking:

While your dinner is in the oven or veggies are in the steamer, use this time to wipe down the surfaces or wash pots or bowls you’ve already used, or wipe down your microwave if needed. It makes cleaning up after dinner a lot easier if most of the dishes have already been done.

Wipe your bathroom down daily:

If you keep things clean daily, it ends up saving time overall. While waiting for your coffee to brew in the mornings, give your basins and counter tops a wipe down. If your children are young and you are still bathing them, then give the bath a quick clean after they hop out, to save doing it later.

De-clutter:

It’s amazing how many papers, art and other items can gather and pile up around the house. If you don’t use something often, or if it’s broken, not needed and you are saving it “just in case you might need it someday,” get rid of it! Unnecessary clutter makes your house look messy.

Some days you’re not going to be able to get everything done. We all have those days when we have an unplanned meeting or something unexpected happens. It’s okay, you’re only human. And don’t forget, you can also call on your professional cleaners, Drytron, to give you a hand.

If you’d like your carpets professionally cleaned, why not get in touch with Drytron carpet cleaners. This will save you a lot of time and energy and leave your carpets looking as good as new. Book Online or Call: 13 12 50